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I guess you could say there are many unicorns of the mobile tech world, devices that we know probably exist in some R&D lab somewhere that will never see the light of day. Or maybe they're just years from actual production.

Whatever the case, we smartphone aficionados are always dreaming of a revolutionary product announcement. We're constantly wishing for one of our favorite manufacturers – or even a newcomer to the scene – to sweep us off our feet and woo the entire industry with something bizarre and off the wall. Some of those possible mythical phones might include: battery technology that lasts days or even weeks, a battery that fully charges in a matter of seconds, a DSLR-quality camera, a flexible chassis and display, comparable storage space to a modern laptop or gaming capabilities of current console gaming machines.

For a good two years now, another feature that fanatics around the Web have been quietly hoping for is a phone with an edge-to-edge display, a design that minimizes the bezel to an extreme. The premise is that an edge-to-edge display gives users more of what they want and less muck – or in this case, more display with less bulk.

According to a report from Bloomberg on Friday, this particular unicorn may become a reality sooner rather than later.

On Friday, Chris Velazco of TechCrunch points out that, thanks to a handful of leaks, we have already caught wind (and sight) of the Motorola DROID RAZR M and DROID RAZR HD. Prior to August 31, those are the two devices many of us had pegged for Motorola's press event in New York this coming Wednesday.

Open and close case, right? Maybe not.

The DROID RAZR HD is expected to feature a 4.6-inch 720p display (likely of the Super AMOLED Advanced type), 4G LTE and perhaps a 1.5GHz dual-core processor. Meanwhile, the DROID RAZR M hosts a similar set of features: 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED Advanced display, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 chipset and an 8-megapixel rear camera. Take note that in none of the actual leaked pictures or renders of these devices do either of these phones sport an edge-to-edge display. The bezel is not significantly slimmer than the bezel on any other competing product either.

Both handsets are just standard, run-of-the-mill smartphones from Motorola, which conflicts with Bloomberg's report from Friday. As told by their source who wished to remain anonymous, a device to be announced at the joint event with Verizon Wireless on Wednesday will feature an edge-to-edge display and LTE connectivity. Says Bloomberg:

"The model also would be one of the first full-screen phones in the U.S., meaning it uses the entire front of the device as a display. The approach maximizes the screen viewing space by eliminating the black frames or bezels around the display."

Despite all the rumors of high profile smartphones that were alleged to have edge-to-edge displays in the past (like the Galaxy S III mock-up above, which made its rounds before the device was made official), we have never actually seen a phone with an edge-to-edge display. How would such a device even look? In theory, a display that takes up 100 percent of the face of the device, a phone entirely sans bezel, sounds awesome. It may even look awesome, allowing a 4.8-inch (or larger) display to be fitted to a phone hardly bigger than your average 4.3-inch phone.

Online renders and common sense, however, allude that edge-to-edge displays might be better off left a myth, another Tony Stark gadget we can only drool over.

Believe it or not, the bezel around a display actually serves a purpose. Without a bezel, if you hold the phone the way you are used to holding your smartphone now, your gripping hand might cause a series of accidental on-screen selections. Your fingers that normally cling to the edge (and ever-so-slightly wrap over the face) will be just as susceptible to touch input as your free hand.

I don't think completely eliminating the bezel is exactly a good idea. It might look and sound awesome. But I worry how such a device would work in practice. Instead, significantly minimizing the bezel might work better. By adding a very slim buffer around the edge of a display, accidental input by spongy fingers is a non-issue.

If Bloomberg's source is correct, I guess we will learn firsthand whether edge-to-edge displays are better left a myth or if they will become the next big thing. I will be live at the Motorola event in NYC on Wednesday bringing you all the details as they unfold. TechCrunch's Velazco might be on to something, though. He says the edge-to-edge phone might be held for the Motorola/Intel event on September 18, in which they promise to bring us "to the edge." You decide.

In the meantime, tell me what you think about edge-to-edge displays. Do you want one on your next smartphone? Or do you prefer at least a little bezel to ward off accidental input?


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T Louis Michael Staying with the Samsung Sunburst. The screen is plenty wide enough.
King Millz Yea i would love the all touch screen with touch screen buttons like the nexus on a HTC or Samsung galaxy phone
Robert Skeen That would b the dream phone!
Tomas Hernandez That would be nice...bigger screen with the same over all size...the width would be about 1/4 of an inch bigger...just put an extra thin layer of protection between the display and the outer shell of the phone...besides I always put my phone in a protective case.
Martin Strutzel Heck yeah
Jannis Anderson I don't want it cause it would break
Chad Rogers Dont want cause when holding fingers would prob end up covering parts of view!!! Bad idea!!
Tyler Kirchman Yes to edge to edge no to Motorola lol
Edgar Rodriguez I've been looking for one
Alexander Dewitt It would be difficult to use because I hit the touch part with the rest of my hand as it is.
M.j. Magee Hell yeah
Horacio Almada Taylor, the solution is to make edge to edge screens without touch capability on the edges. So a bezel for touch but not for image.
Michael Schneider is the note 2 coming to sprint?
Jarno Tuomainen No. GXCover with it's display on the same level with bezel was bad enough. So called "unbreakable" phone had busted up display if it came down face first from the hights that even iPhone would have survived. No bezel whatsoever to protect display in case of fall... Really, no. And before someone asks, how I know: I have sent enough of those to warranty repairs to fill a _large_ garbage bag.
Andrew Bissel If they fix accidental input problems then it would be more convenient.
Scott Braunworth No it would look sick.. But would be more prone to breaks
Allen Drewe Would be sweet as hell. Just make sure the edges dont register to touch.
Dexter Cumberbatch I would prefer a phone with a bezel. It would be nice if you could swipe from the left or right bezel to switch apps or flick up to the top bezel to close an app. I believe WebOS had similar functionality.
Dre Ill @Antonio. Idiot apps??? Lol! Is that your defense for using a Windows phone? Ha!!!
Ridvan Ongun maybe it would be good but durability is impotant too
Robby Olko I wanna see one first before I'd think about buying. I think it would be more likely to break.
George Vasquez More like fragile.
Gordon Christie No would look good ill test t if you make it
Brian Edson I would like that cause it would make it look and feel like its bigger than it really is. Take a look at an HTC thunderbolt (it has a really close to edge to edge display), play around with its 4.3 inch display. Then go grab a droid bionic (more room from screen to sides) and play with that 4.3 inch display. It feels smaller than it actually is. Its a psychological thing where if 2 things are the same size, but one is surrounded by smaller objects, then that one will appear to be larger in comparison.
Marcus Cadwell Oh. So if a phone gets dropped and hits the side, the whole screen is cracked? Awesome
Anthony Lasam 1 drop = broken screen.
Jeff Cross Do dogs hump legs?? Srsly you have to ask that?
Matthew Rock No way, in regards to looks it would be perfect, I've been waiting for the iPhone to have it for a while. It's not a tablet that needs a bit of a bezel for you to hold it without firing off the screen, it sits in your hand so it's okay
Devin Vosburgh As cool as it looks, I agree with Humza and a few others...it drastically weakens the device if dropped. That glass would be toast.
Humza Ahmed One corner drop would not only break the glass, but it could also damage the LCD screen
George Millhouse No petr not everyone wants this. Don't think you speak for everyone
Jonas Daugis Oh yes, I would
Lewis Hachmeister Just build a screen with touch sensitivity further in. Then it's like you have a dead area around the screen so you aren't constantly giving useless inputs. I feel like this is what everyone wants but nobody gets. There's gotta be a good reason, otherwise we'd all have devices like that.
Eric Quach not sure about this one.
Devin Martinez Should look good, gotta see it
Emily Maitz No, I'd love it.
Steven Bucklew I wouldn't mind a clear bezel that you could touch but with no type of pressure feedback.
Antonio L. Lopez I'm Happy with My Nokia Lumia 900 Accuracy and Efficiency,,,,don't need to many Idiots apps or too fancy screen
Dan Pitman No more strange than a 16:9 aspect ratio...
James Laws I would buy one. I love big phones with big screens. Which is why I chose the S3 over the IPhone
Steve Hartsock It would be getting all kinds of ghost inputs from the palm of the hand. No thanks.
Vlad Valentine McBride Yeah kinda does unless is all 4 edges
Suyash Srijan Would love to, as long as the screen has anti-fingerprint coating and the front cam is a part of the display itself.
Eldon Ong No , maybe alittle bezzel to avoid my fingers cover them .
Krahulec Petr Of course, everyone wants that, the problem is that the manufacturers are ignoring this




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